Interview with Mary Bartnikowski

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got my first book published traditionally, Everyday Naked, Sacred and Profane Morsels of Truth. It happened at the Maui Writers Conference, I never showed it to anyone else. The first publisher who saw it wanted it. Touchdown! Then the real work began. I've had a New York agent, pitched books myself, and finally decided I'd go the self-publishing route because my worst fault is impatience and there is no waiting for letters of acceptance, you can rock and roll today.
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap. I'm always on the go so I take everything with me, and my lap is fully functional as a desk.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I remember carrying the Lonely Planet guide to India in the Himalayas and it weighed about 5 pounds. Never again! I now read books on my iphone, it's tiny and compact. I love it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm a born communicator. It tickles me that I am now acknowledged for the exact same thing I got in trouble for in Catholic school, talking all the time. Yes speaking is different from writing but it is similar in that I am talking on the page and no one can interrupt me unless they need to go to the bathroom. I love that it is my job to inform and entertain.
What do your fans mean to you?
I couldn't do this without them, the dear hearts who buy my books and read the books make me want to get up in the morning and write more!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in upstate New York where my face froze waiting for the bus to go to school in the winter. But I loved skating, skiing, and sledding and getting many days off from school after avalanches of snow fell in Syracuse and Canandaigua. This makes you stay inside more. I would read books constantly, wandering in the library discovering new titles and carrying them home with glee. I dreamed of being an author but didn't know that you just start writing to accomplish this. And my parents always told me, "Do something you love."
Yes I love to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to swim with wild dolphins in the ocean, drink coffee grown on Hawaii, and see my friends. Being barefoot, dancing, and discovering new things and places is also a big high. Today while I was cooking salmon I realized I had no lemon, so I dashed outside to the lemon tree to pick some. I was blissed out in gratitude to live on Kauai.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading Mary Poppins (hard cover book from the library) when I was about 8 or 9 and it affected me deeply. I wanted to be Mary Poppins without the nanny position, just being able to fly with an umbrella. Looked ultra cool to me.
What is your writing process?
Just do it. Do it every day. Even when you aren't in the mood. People who wait to get inspired will be waiting a long time. It's like practicing the saxophone. You have to do it every day. Yes I chose the 2 most difficult jobs in the world, being a mother and a writer. But totally worth it.
Where will you travel to next?
After being in 32 countries in the past 7 years I'm currently enjoying being totally unpacked. But! My heart is saying, Europe or the Himalayas.
Published 2015-03-17.
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Books by This Author

Kitten Heels in Kathmandu, Adventures of a Female Vagabond
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 70,390. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Mary, newly minted as a lone warrior after raising her son, sells everything she owns, breaks free of the USA and takes us on a water slide ride photographing the Dalai Lama in India to riding elephants bareback in Nepal. Across 27 countries by train, boat, bus, motorbike, and rickshaw she discovers that courage takes practice and wanderlust costs less than it does to stay home working.